I'm curious to know where you relocated to and if any of the earlier suggestions were useful for you.
If you are still looking in central New Jersey you might consider Somerset and Middlesex counties. You can search for active listings at http://www.mjadamssellshomes.com/listings.html
Best of luck to you.
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Check out Clinton Twp., Hunterdon County! Blue Ribbon Schools, Quaint main street, 2 Reservoirs, plenty of recreation. Visit my website for more info http://www.jeffreyvroom.com. Or email me at email@example.com. I'll send you all the listings in your price range.
Princeton, which is part of central NJ, is known for the university(college town) as well as it being an easy commute to Philadelphia or to NY. The surrounding Greater Princeton areas such as W Windsor, Plainsboro, Montgomery, Princeton have top rated Blue Ribbon schools. If you want to walk to town, you might want to consider Princeton Boro, Lawrenceville, Pennington and Kingston among others where you can go to different shops and restaurants. If you would like more information on this, please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or my website http://www.ShubeeAng.com. I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you.
It is difficult to answer your question without a further definition of Central, NJ. Most of us originally from "up North" consider the shore towns known as the "Jersey Shore" as South Jersey; but in realtiy Southern Monmouth County is actually considered Central Jersey; hence the valid recommendations by Diane.
If you prefer to not be more than 1 hour from Somerset, I might recommend Northern Monmouth County. The determination of "great schools" is subjective, therefore difficult to define and best left to the evaulation of the the homebuyer by the many informative websites that report on school data.
if you are interested in learning about what is available in Northern Monmouth (or southern), please feel free to use the "Search the MLS Now" link on my website http://wwww.PatrizioRE.com as it is a direct link to the "offiicial" Monmouth/Ocean MLS . My past clients have preferred the Freehold and North Howell/Colts Neck school systems.
Should you desire additional, personal, direct info, do not hesitate to contact me direct.
Francesca Patrizio, Realtor,e-Pro
The other town that's really wonderful for families is Manasquan. All the above info is also available on my website. Hope you decide the shore area is right for you!